There was a time when ladies young and old would camp outside venues for at least a week before hand to ensure that they managed to get a ticket to see Daniel O’Donnell perform live. Today in these uncertain times there are no live performances and queuing for tickets is certainly a thing of the past.

That means that those ladies will have to make do with O’Donnell’s 47th album, aptly named Daniel, to help them get through these long days of the Covid-19 pandemic and on listening to it they certainly will not to be disappointed.

Having spent his own lockdown working on not only this thirteen track album and his 48th album to be released next year, O’Donnell has also been giving impromptu mini concerts in the grounds of hospitals and care homes in his own district of Donegal, where elderly residents clamoured to the windows to get a glimpse of this truly charming man with his soothing Irish lilt.

Opening this utterly bewitching album is Vicky Leandros’ 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry, Come What May, before The Maverick’s Dance The Night Away makes you want to do just that. Producer Nigel Wright of Shakatak fame has had a real impact on the likes of Memories Are Made Of This, Bobby Vee’s Take Good Care Of My Baby and Perry Como’s Magic Moments which defies anyone not to sing along to it.

With songs that encapsulate the beauty of everything pure; this country inspired singer delivers a very beautiful Perfect that pays great homage to Ed Sheeran, Forever Young and the gentle Love Can Build A Bridge which shows that O’Donnell’s soft delivery is as good as ever.

There is a stunning version of Remember Me, a song first sung on The Late Late Show during the pandemic, and this acoustic version sung with his wife, Majella, is a real highlight. Try To Remember takes the listener straight to the charms of Donegal, walking around the grassy hillsides on a sunny day making you believe that there is nothing wrong in the world. Nat King Cole’s fabulous Smile is included near the end of the album, before Leaving On A Jet Plane brings the whole album to a too soon close.

Daniel O’Donnell has gifted his fans with an album that leaves them with the feel good factor; feeling all fuzzy and warm inside. His voice is as good now as it was when he released his first album and pulls you in so that you just want to listen. Daniel is a soft, sentimental album which delivers no surprises. Which is just as well, because why would you want Daniel O’Donnell to change anything?

Our Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

Number of tracks: 13

Running time: 45:11

Released on: DMGTV

Release date: 16th October 2020

Format: CD/Vinyl/Download

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